Martin Routledge speaks at Westminster Health Forum

Martin Routledge, In Control's Head of Operations, was invited to be part of the discussion at the Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for dementia care - commissioning, the Dementia Challenge and the Care Bill held on 26th November.

Martin was invited to join the panel discussion about 'Personalisation, providing dementia friendly services and meeting the costs of care' which focused on questions such as:

  • In what ways can carers, health professionals and families work together to deliver dignity and compassion in care, and to tackle issues such as loneliness and stigma?
  • With the uptake of personal budgets among people with dementia significantly lower than other client groups, how can perceived risks such as lack of information, financial abuse, and issues of capacity be addressed?
  • How can Health and Wellbeing Boards work best to drive integration and to provide support for people with dementia and their families and carers?
  • What are the key challenges to delivering dementia friendly hospitals and cities - organisational, financial and in raising awareness - and how can they be tackled?
  • Does the suggested cap in the Care Bill go far enough in reforming the funding of long-term care; can more be done to meet the financial costs of dementia care?

Other panel members included:

  • Danielle Woods, Dementia Project Manager, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jean Tottie, Chair, Uniting Carers, Dementia UK
  • Dr Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education England
  • Beverly Hone, Assistant Director, Adult Social Care, Strategy, Commissioning & Supply Management, East Sussex County Council

The debate continued with questions and comments from the floor with Professor Susan Benbow, Director, Older Mind Matters Ltd and Visiting Professor of Mental Health and Ageing, Staffordshire University and Adelina Comas-Herrera, Research Fellow, Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Last Updated : 04 December 2013. Page Author: marijke.hirst.